June 19, 2016


'Finding Dory' Becomes Most Successful Animated Feature on Opening Weekend


Disney/Pixar's newest project, Finding Dory, is already reaping a windfall at the box office after its opening weekend. 

Variety reports that movie is projected to smash the record for best domestic animated opening. Nine years ago, Shrek The Third set the record with $121.6 million, but Dory is on track to dramatically outpace the Mike Myers-starring film, as it's already grossed $140 at the box office. Nearly 40 percent of the total was netted on Friday, June 17, as the film notched $55 million. 

Finding Dory stars Ellen Degeneres as the voice of the forgetful fish, Dory, as she combs the ocean depths to find her long-lost parents. It's the successor to Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo—the story of a clownfish who's captured and taken to a dentist's office, and his father's journey to find him—but you already knew that. Nemo made a big commercial splash too, making $70 million in its opening weekend. It also won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, so it's got the prestige factor, too. 

Dory is en route to capturing additional box office accolades. Variety notes that the film is projected to become the 17th biggest domestic box office opener of all time, and the third largest of 2016.